Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill

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The Nexus Between Science Fiction and the Natural World

June 8, 2024 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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This panel will discuss the nexus between science fiction and nature writing, and how science fiction and fantasy writers can explore earth’s own rich environment—while also telling readers more about where they live and the challenges facing our planet.

So many of us think of science fiction as occurring in space, in faraway galaxies, or on fantastical worlds. Or the stories are set on earth in scientific or magical environments in the present or future where discoveries or characters spin out of control, whether it’s “Frankenstein,” “I, Robot,” or even Harry Potter.

But another rich world exists here on earth, and it hasn’t been as nearly well explored. It’s the natural world, whether it’s the ocean,tropical islands, the planet’s core, jungles, and more.

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